Bruce Willis to receive Philadelphia Film Festival award from M. Night Shyamalan

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 04:46:00 AM. The Philadelphia Film Festival's second annual Lumiere award will go to Bruce Willis on Oct. 23, and will be presented by M. Night Shyamalan. The two are currently in town shooting 'Glass,' a dual sequel to 'Unbreakable' and 'Split.'

Bruce Willis will receive the Philadelphia Film Festival’s second annual Lumiere Award at a ceremony October 23. The award will be presented by last year’s inaugural award winner, M. Night Shyamalan, according festival executive director J. Andrew Greenblatt.

Director Shyamalan and Willis are currently in Philadelphia filming Glass, written and directed by Shyamalan as a sequel to both 2000’s Unbreakable and Split. The production, which commenced the first week in October, began after what Shyamalan described as “an incredible week of rehearsals,” involve a cast that reunites Willis and Unbreakable co-star Samuel L. Jackson. The film also continues the partnership between Willis and Shyamalan that started with their 1999 smash The Sixth Sense. All three Shyamalan-Willis collaborations were filmed in Philadelphia.

“They have a very special relationship,” Greenblatt said. “We’re thrilled to have both of them.”

Willis and Jackson reprise their roles from Unbreakable as David Dunn and Elijah Price (aka Mr. Glass), respectively. Also on board are Split stars James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy, as well as American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson. The story has Willis’ Unbreakable character pursuing McAvoy’s character from Split. Jackson’s Mr. Glass, meanwhile, watches the ordeal unfold while keeping key secrets from the two men. Written and directed by Shyamalan, the film is currently scheduled for a Jan. 19, 2019 release. Scouting for the production began in late August. As Shyamalan said at the time, the shoot is expected to take about 39 days, so we can expect this one to wrap the week of Nov. 5. Split brought in some $277 million worldwide.

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